Federal & State Grants

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grant eligibility is determined using a federal U.S. Department of Education system. If we have listed a Pell award, this figure is an estimate, and no payment of that grant is possible until we can review the results of your federal FAFSA application. If you have not already done so, you must complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and submit your FAFSA application to the federal processor online. The FAFSA serves as the Pell Grant application (and informs us about your eligibility for other federal aid). Once you receive the results of your FAFSA application, the federal Student Aid Report - SAR- review it for accuracy and correct it, if necessary, according to the instructions.Please note: send your corrections back to the federal processor, not to Swarthmore College. If our estimate of your Pell Grant eligibility is not accurate, we will adjust our Swarthmore Scholarship to avoid over or under awarding. Once your federal SAR has been verified and the award amount is confirmed, one half of the Pell Grant will appear as a credit on your College bill each semester.The College cannot fill any gap left by eligible students who do not follow through to apply by submitting the FAFSA, on time.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are offered to eligible students from our limited federal allocation.

State Scholarships

State scholarships offered to needy students from Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia,  Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia, can be used at Swarthmore. (Other states'scholarships may not be taken out of state.) Any amount shown on your award letter is our estimate of your eligibility for state support - your state determines your actual eligibility. If our estimate of your state scholarship is not accurate, we will adjust our Swarthmore Scholarship offer to avoid over or under awarding.If we have listed an estimated state scholarship and you have not yet applied for consideration, you should do so imediately at www.fafsa.ed.gov. In most states, the federal FAFSA serves as a state scholarship application. The College cannot fill the gap if an eligible student does not apply on time for state scholarship help. One half of your state scholarship will appear as a credit on your College bill each semester, but only after the College receives the funds from your state.